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Yahoo! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
I put my first 3 miles on the Blast this morning.

I can now go from "stopped" to "moving" without killing the engine. This is an accomplishment. I can also go from 1st to 2nd, and I seem to be perfectly competent to ride in circles around my apartment complex at 15-20 mph.

Next time I get it out will probably be Sunday afternoon, and I think I'll try to go the 2 blocks on Westheimer to make it to the closest Really Big Empty Parking Lot for the next stage. I'm guessing Monday I'll try going as far as work.

I didn't realize how much work (physically) it was - my arms and shoulders and thighs are sort after half an hour - of course, it was half an hour of starting and stopping and starting and stopping....

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful

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bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: September 30th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hope you have fun with your new bike. I always wanted to learn to ride, but I'm too chickenshit now.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 30th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Way to go Tina..!!

Ata girl....!!!! Just take it easy, I'll really not advise to come to work until you are more familiar with the riding experience, You can cruise Westheimer Sunday early morning and get a feeling for the road, very few traffic Sunday early morning. When you get to the big parking lot, practice the MSF drills and remember always look wherever you want to go, whatever happens always, always avoid "target fixation".
From: zapata_rider Date: September 30th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm the one who posted as anonymous, sorry I forgot to Login.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: October 1st, 2005 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
did you know how to drive a stick-shift car before you got the bike?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes - my Miata is a stick. But it's got syncros, and it's a lot easier to shift then the bike.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: October 3rd, 2005 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
the first bike i ever rode had a "cyclic" transmission (you could just keep kicking the shifter, and you'd get first, second, third, fourth, neutral, first, and so forth), and it had about six "phantom neutral" points between each gear. its owner used to just sort of push off with his foot, the way you'd push a child's scooter, to get it rolling, then put it into gear; that way, no matter what gear it actually went into, at least it was moving. then he'd worry about finding the "right" gear ;-)
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